CLOSET CASES: QUEERS ON WHAT WE WEAR
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"an in-depth look at the emotional and cultural components that impact
what we put on our bodies" - Sonny Oram for Qwear
"being able to inspire other gender nonconforming folx to wear what they want and enjoy their self-presentation is another theme that resonates" - Linda Leavitt for PopMatters
As a verb, "fashion" is exceedingly queer. Our queer community learns to fashion its identity out of the clothes we wear, the costumes we choose, the fabrics we desire--and the statements these make. No other community of people allows clothing to serve as such a primary, dominant marker of subjectivity, both individually and collectively. And we don't simply permit it; we rely upon it. Queers communicate through what we put on our bodies.
So this is not merely a "fashion book." It's a collection of artifacts that testify to the power of fashion as a verb, to the complex and lovely strategies that govern what we do in the LGBTQ+ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen.